“You raise an interesting point. I do not know the difference between terrifying acts like this and Newtown and Aurora versus acts labelled terrorism, like Boston and Oklahoma City, and acts of terror that are attacks on the U.S. like Benghazi. I don't know why it matters to you what they call it, based on your short post, but I am terribly saddened by my species' penchant for killing and torturing each other, no matter what it's called. I am interested what your thoughts are as to why it matters what it's called, though.”
Not only does this have NOTHING to do with whether or not a 3-year-old shot herself in Yellowstone, it is a ripe example of labeling something, in this case HuffPo, and then making irrational assumptions based on that label. I am unimpressed with your logic, your facts, and your motives.”
“Very little of that in WYOMING, Ed. Perhaps you missed that this story is about people in WYOMING, not Chicago or Pittsburgh, for example. People in WYOMING have every right to sit down and try to discuss problems they are having IN WYOMING without having to take on the rest of the world's problems, too.”
“Perhaps you missed the fact that this story is about what's happening in WYOMING, not Chicago or Pittsburgh. This is a Wyoming issue, with Wyoming people being beat up, and Wyoming people trying to sit down and talk with another group that may be linked to the assaults. You get nowhere trying to turn this into a discussion about violence elsewhere. People trying to sit down and talk to someone else is not a bad thing, even if in your opinion there are other issues in other places of the world that also need solving. It does not discredit one person's efforts to work toward local solutions just because there are problems in other areas, too.”
“It seems to me this took a tremendous amount of courage for Mr. Simmons to invite Mr. Abarr to the table. It is terribly difficult to look an enemy in the eye and listen. Sounds like Mr. Abarr was, though perhaps purposefully blind to KKK realities and certainly not apologetic, at least honest about the way he thinks the world should be. It takes a big person to sit and listen to that kind of stuff coming out of someone's mouth and remain civil, so I give Mr. Simmons enormous credit. Yes, perhaps nothing would seem to have been accomplished here, but the very fact of having sat at the same table together and maintained civility is HUGE. This is how change starts - it may be awkward, painful, aggravating, scary, seemingly futile - BUT, if this starts happening over and over, it will definitely start the slow shift of social perception. That is how it begins and I wish them God Speed and all the very best.”
G8tor on Sep 3, 2013 at 10:32:38
“Well said... Does anyone know when the last KKK act of violence towards the minority community was? Interesting to know what the NAACP was dealing with in the end.”
“Sammy, no matter how virulent your wording, your "facts" strain at credibility, apparently indicating you are letting yourself believe how bad things are because someone told you so, rather than actually looking at the numbers. For instance, your claim that your Medicare costs have jumped $1200 just this year - for this I can find no basis in the actual Medicare premiums listed on primary source websites. If you mean that you have had more medical procedures this year, and so your own contributions are higher by $1200, well then I sympathize, but cannot blame Medicare or the government. Your claim of 51% of deadlines missed or forestalled is kind of a "so what?" to me, as any company or organization I have ever worked for has had many deadlines missed or forestalled for many reasons, usually in order to ensure that the program or project is ready to go and some of the foreseeable quirks are prevented. Often that takes longer than projected. As for the unemployment/part-time employment numbers, this is true. However, you know as well as I that Congress has deliberately and effectively blocked Obama's economic agenda, so you have no way to say his agenda has been tested. Indeed, the agenda that has been tested is that of the Tea Party, and the resulting poor economic indicators are are playing out exactly as they were predicted to. No need to call me names and insult the position of my head.”
sammy7851 on Aug 28, 2013 at 00:29:06
“Number one, these are not " my " facts, they are all updates issued by the government. Number two, the fact that you don't know them tells me you're talking out your rear end. So, how about you don't insult me by trying to make me believe that you are not totally clueless and go blow smoke up someone else's rear, but you're going to have to find someone dumber than you, and good friggin luck with that, you're gonna be a while, a long while !”
My statement "due to ObamaCare provisions" is of course my opinion and it is a bit too broad. It would be better stated to have said, "Much of our 19% real unemployment is due to the provisions of ObamaCare."”
“Eyes wide open and waiting for something factual, not just acting all superior and like it should be obvious to everyone how this has been such a failure. If you say it's a failure, first of all, perhaps it should be something that has actually happened. Second, it should be shown to have a "lack of success," the definition of failure. Not possible yet, as it hasn't even been tried yet. Third, to actually be a failure, your supporting evidence must go beyond the certainty that, as with every human endeavor, it will need need improvement upon implementation and evaluation. Every new thing, from learning to walk to launching a new mega-program, must endure a sequence of giving it a try, evaluating what works and what doesn't, making best adjustments possible, and trying again. Again I ask, what are your supporting facts that it is already a failure?”
“Remember when you asked your mother how to spell something and she said look it you lazy kid. How about three years into the implementation of Obamacare and they have already missed or forestalled 51 % of their deadlines. How about for the first time in history part-time employment exceeds full-time numbers. How about, out of one side of his mouth Obama says stay on your parents insurance until your 26, and out of the other side of his mouth he tells the same people that is they don't sign up for Obamacare they won't be able to fund it, which is it ? How about every time he issues a waiver to the unions or fast food industry or government employees the balance falls on the rest of us. How about the 700 billion decrease in Medicare funds over the first ten years, my Medicare costs have already jumped $ 1200.00 this year and they have not got the thing rolling yet, and won't for at least two more years or longer depending on the number of glitches yet to come. I don't expect this to mean anything to you because if you really cared you would already know. So, it might be time to extract your head from Obama's rear end and get some fresh air.”
oneman689 on Aug 22, 2013 at 03:09:03
“kiss - Nearly nineteen percent unemployment due to ObamaCare provisions.”
“Yes, well, I think they actually LIKE policies that are undemocratic. This well written summary would not convince them of any need to support voting rights and make it easier. However, this is the manifesto we must keep in front of us as we try to keep our minds from being muddled by the "common sense" jibberish they spew about everything from "voting fraud" to "deficit reduction". Thank you.”
“Sharon, with your heart and your experience, you would make an excellent paralegal or legal assistant. I hope you will leverage your story to move out of the court into a position where you continue to help people navigate the labyrinth of legal paperwork and get justice. You are a true hero, and your brand of heroism has a place in the world.”
“Dollars are a limited resource, like water. It rains a sometimes on us little folks in the headwaters, and runs through our fingers as it gathers in streams, rivers, and eventually the ocean, the 26 trillion or so that are now hoarded (sorry, "saved responsibly" as one commenter put it). Upstream, we build little diversions - jobs, businesses, any way to bring a little of the stream our way. We build little savings dams to keep some reservoir of it for use later or passing on to our kids. But most of it pours on downstream to be used by others, eventually ending up in the ocean. Unless reinvested or taxed and spent upstream, we soon live in a cash desert. The ocean presently seems covered with a big plastic tarp, so little can evaporate and rain on the rest of us.
Fair or not, avoiding taxation is the main incentive for many large investors to risk it on us upstream folks. Invest or pay taxes and let the government invest it in us, that's the only way to get cash back into our economy (besides printing more, 'nuf said).
If we all agreed to use something besides dollars to measure value and trade, like human hours or something, we might be able to green up this desert ourselves, but as long as we all agree to base our economy on dollars, then it must rain and flow or we'll dry up and blow away. Feeling parched? Now you know”
objectivist510 on Aug 8, 2013 at 04:27:09
“Some things are just owned by people. You can't do anything about it. I'm sorry.”
“You nailed it! As a country, we NEED educated people. We need well trained pilots, yet we make them pay a hundred thousand plus flight time to get there. We desperately need doctors, but paying for med school? Yikes! And yes, we even need liberal arts folks like historians and lit majors.
I have to say this, though. I am thinking that when college is given away for free, it will not be as appreciated. I do believe in work/study, gpa requirements or some other way to earn the taxpayers' investment.”
CSNC on Aug 2, 2013 at 22:44:00
Correct and Correct -- we need an U.K. education system applied here in the U.S.